2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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The 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification saw various countries take part to determine 10 spots to the final tournament in Qatar under the new qualification system set by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Six other teams also qualified for the finals, even though they did not take part in the qualifiers:

Qualified teams[edit]

Final qualification status
  Team qualified for Asian Cup
  Team failed to qualify
Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1
 Qatar Hosts 29 July 2007 7 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Iraq 2007 AFC Asian Cup winner 25 July 2007 6 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Saudi Arabia 2007 AFC Asian Cup runner-up 25 July 2007 7 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 South Korea 2007 AFC Asian Cup third place 28 July 2007 11 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 India 2008 AFC Challenge Cup winner 13 August 2008 2 (1964, 1984)
 Uzbekistan Group C runner-up 18 November 2009 4 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Syria Group D winner 18 November 2009 4 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
 Iran Group E winner 6 January 2010 11 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 China PR Group D runner-up 6 January 2010 9 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Japan Group A winner 6 January 2010 6 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Bahrain Group A runner-up 6 January 2010 3 (1988, 2004, 2007)
 United Arab Emirates Group C winner 6 January 2010 7 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2007)
 North Korea 2010 AFC Challenge Cup winner 27 February 2010 2 (1980, 1992)
 Australia Group B winner 3 March 2010 1 (2007)
 Kuwait Group B runner-up 3 March 2010 8 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Jordan Group E runner-up 3 March 2010 1 (2004)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Seedings[edit]

On 6 December 2007 the Asian Football Confederation announced the seeding for the preliminary round of the 2011 tournament:[1]

Automatic Qualifiers Other Teams
  1.  Iraq
  2.  Saudi Arabia
  3.  South Korea
  1.  Japan
  2.  Australia
  3.  Iran
  4.  Uzbekistan
  5.  Vietnam
  6.  China PR
  1.  Thailand
  2.  Indonesia
  3.  United Arab Emirates
  4.  Bahrain
  5.  Oman
  6.  Malaysia
  1.  Jordan
  2.  Syria
  3.  Hong Kong
  4.  Yemen
  5.  Kuwait
  6.  Singapore
  1.  India**
  2.  Lebanon
  3.  North Korea*
  4.  Myanmar*
  5.  Maldives***
  6.  Turkmenistan*
  • Teams marked '*' withdrew prior to the draw. All of them participated in the 2008 and 2010 AFC Challenge Cup, and therefore had a chance to qualify via those two tournaments.
  • India (marked '**') were drawn into Group C of the qualifiers, but withdrew from the qualifiers following their victory in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup which automatically qualified them for the final tournament.
  • Maldives (marked '***') were the only other team that entered the Asian Cup qualifiers who could also qualify via the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup, but they were eliminated from the Asian Cup qualifiers before the group stage.
  • The following teams did not enter main qualification, but could qualify via the AFC Challenge Cups if they chose to enter:

Preliminary round[edit]

The preliminary round reduced the number of non-automatic qualifiers to 20. Following the withdrawals of Korea DPR, Myanmar and Turkmenistan, only two teams were involved. The two lowest ranked AFC teams, Lebanon and Maldives, played home-and-away matches in April 2008. The away goals rule would be applied, and extra time and penalty shootout would be used to decide the winner if necessary. The winner of the preliminary round advanced to the qualifying round, where it was joined by the 19 teams seeded 4th to 22nd.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lebanon  6–1  Maldives 4–0 2–1
9 April 2008
18:00 UTC+3
Lebanon  4–0  Maldives
El Ali Goal 5'
Yaacoub Goal 11'
Atwi Goal 13' (pen.)
Ghaddar Goal 39'
Report

23 April 2008
16:00 UTC+5
Maldives  1–2  Lebanon
Shamweel Qasim Goal 22' Report Korhani Goal 9'
Al Jamal Goal 75'
Rasmee Dhandu Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Rosdi Shahrul (Malaysia)

Lebanon won 6–1 on aggregate and advanced to the group stage.

Qualifying round[edit]

The 20 teams were divided into five groups of four. Teams played each other home and way in a round-robin format. The top two in each group advanced to the 2011 tournament where they were joined by the other qualifiers — Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India and North Korea.

Seedings[edit]

The following teams were drawn at this round:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Tiebreakers[edit]

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[2]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Drawing of lots.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 6 5 0 1 17 4 +13 15
 Bahrain 6 4 0 2 12 6 +6 12
 Yemen 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7
 Hong Kong 6 0 1 5 1 18 −17 1
  Bahrain Hong Kong Japan Yemen
Bahrain  4–0 1–0 4–0
Hong Kong  1–3 0–4 0–0
Japan  2–0 6–0 2–1
Yemen  3–0 1–0 2–3
20 January 2009
19:20 UTC+9
Japan  2 – 1  Yemen
Okazaki Goal 7'
Tatsuya Tanaka Goal 66'
Report Al-Fadhli Goal 47'
KKWing Stadium, Kumamoto
Attendance: 30,654
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)
21 January 2009
19:30 UTC+8
Hong Kong  1 – 3  Bahrain
Cheng Siu Wai Goal 90' Report Abdullatif Goal 10'
Fatadi Goal 37'
Salman Isa Goal 87'
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 6,013
Referee: Vo Minh Tri (Vietnam)

28 January 2009
16:15 UTC+3
Yemen  1 – 0  Hong Kong
Al Selwi Goal 52' Report
Ali Muhesen Stadium, Sana'a
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)
28 January 2009
18:15 UTC+3
Bahrain  1 – 0  Japan
Salman Isa Goal 24' Report

8 October 2009
19:20 UTC+9
Japan  6 – 0  Hong Kong
Okazaki Goal 17'74'76'
Nagatomo Goal 28'
Nakazawa Goal 50'
Túlio Goal 67'
Report
Outsourcing Stadium, Shizuoka
Attendance: 16,028
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

18 November 2009
18:30 UTC+8
Hong Kong  0 – 4  Japan
Report Hasebe Goal 32'
Satō Goal 74'
S. Nakamura Goal 84'
Okazaki Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 13,254
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
18 November 2009
17:45 UTC+3
Bahrain  4 – 0  Yemen
Abdullatif Goal 20'
Fatadi Goal 28'
Salman Goal 64'
Al-Dali Goal 75' (o.g.)
Report
National Stadium, Madinat 'Isa
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Mohsen Basma (Syria)

6 January 2010
16:15 UTC+3
Yemen  2 – 3  Japan
Al-Fadhli Goal 13'
Abbod Goal 39'
Report Hirayama Goal 42'55'79'
Ali Muhesen Stadium, Sana'a
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ali Hamad Al-Badwawi (UAE)
6 January 2010
18:00 UTC+3
Bahrain  4 – 0  Hong Kong
Abdullatif Goal 35'40'44'
Adnan Goal 79'
Report
National Stadium, Madinat 'Isa
Attendance: 1,550
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)

20 January 2010
16:15 UTC+3
Yemen  3 – 0  Bahrain
Al Nono Goal 5'25'
Al Abidi Goal 86'
Report
Ali Muhesen Stadium, Sana'a
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

3 March 2010
19:00 UTC+9
Japan  2 – 0  Bahrain
Okazaki Goal 36'
Honda Goal 90+2'
Report
Toyota Stadium, Toyota
Attendance: 38,042
Referee: Malik Abdul Bashir (Singapore)
3 March 2010
19:30 UTC+8
Hong Kong  0 – 0  Yemen
Report
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 1,212
Referee: Vo Minh Tri (Vietnam)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11
 Kuwait 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9
 Oman 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
 Indonesia 6 0 3 3 3 6 −3 3
  Australia Indonesia Kuwait Oman
Australia  1–0 0–1 1–0
Indonesia  0–0 1–1 1–2
Kuwait  2–2 2–1 0–1
Oman  1–2 0–0 0–0
19 January 2009
19:30 UTC+4
Oman  0 – 0  Indonesia
Report

28 January 2009
19:30 UTC+7
Indonesia  0 – 0  Australia
Report
28 January 2009
18:00 UTC+3
Kuwait  0 – 1  Oman
Report Rabia Goal 64'

5 March 2009
20:00 UTC+11
Australia  0 – 1  Kuwait
Report Neda Goal 38'
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 20,032
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

14 October 2009
19:30 UTC+11
Australia  1 – 0  Oman
Cahill Goal 74' Report
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 20,595
Referee: Maasaki Toma (Japan)

14 November 2009
18:00 UTC+4
Oman  1 – 2  Australia
Ayil Goal 15' (pen.) Report Wilkshire Goal 43'
Emerton Goal 82'
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)
14 November 2009
18:30 UTC+3
Kuwait  2 – 1  Indonesia
Al-Mutawa Goal 61' (pen.)87' Report Bambang Goal 33'

18 November 2009
18:30 UTC+7
Indonesia  1 – 1  Kuwait
Budi Goal 45+4' Report Ajab Goal 72'
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Minoru Toju (Japan)

6 January 2010
18:30 UTC+7
Indonesia  1 – 2  Oman
Boaz Goal 45' Report Bashir Goal 32'
Sulaiman Goal 52'
6 January 2010
17:30 UTC+3
Kuwait  2 – 2  Australia
Bandar Goal 40'
Naser Goal 44'
Report Wilkshire Goal 2'
Heffernan Goal 4'

3 March 2010
19:00 UTC+10
Australia  1 – 0  Indonesia
Milligan Goal 42' Report
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 20,422
Referee: Kenji Ogiya (Japan)
3 March 2010
19:30 UTC+4
Oman  0 – 0  Kuwait
Report
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Group C[edit]

Following their victory in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, India was given a bye to the final tournament and removed from this group prior to the first match. They were not replaced.[3]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United Arab Emirates 4 3 0 1 7 1 +6 9
 Uzbekistan 4 3 0 1 7 3 +4 9
 Malaysia 4 0 0 4 2 12 −10 0
  Malaysia United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan
Malaysia  0–5 1–3
United Arab Emirates  1–0 0–1
Uzbekistan  3–1 0–1
21 January 2009
20:45 UTC+8
Malaysia  0 – 5  United Arab Emirates
Report Omar Goal 29'45+1' (pen.)
Matar Goal 62'76'
A. Khalil Goal 85'
KLFA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)

28 January 2009
19:00 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  0 – 1  Uzbekistan
Report F. Tadjiyev Goal 30'
Al Sharjah Stadium
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

14 November 2009
16:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  3 – 1  Malaysia
Djeparov Goal 46'
Geynrikh Goal 57'65'
Report Zaquan Adha Goal 68'
JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

18 November 2009
17:30 UTC+8
Malaysia  1 – 3  Uzbekistan
Bakhtiar Goal 73' Report Gafurov Goal 33'
Nasimov Goal 59'
Kapadze Goal 74'
National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

6 January 2010
19:00 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  1 – 0  Malaysia
A. Khalil Goal 90+3' Report
Al Shabab Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Mohsen Basma (Syria)

3 March 2010
18:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  0 – 1  United Arab Emirates
Report Al Manhali Goal 90+2'

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Syria 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 14
 China PR 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13
 Vietnam 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
 Lebanon 6 0 1 5 2 13 −11 1
  China Lebanon Syria Vietnam
China PR  1–0 0–0 6–1
Lebanon  0–2 0–2 1–1
Syria  3–2 4–0 0–0
Vietnam  1–2 3–1 0–1
14 January 2009
19:00 UTC+7
Vietnam  3 – 1  Lebanon
Nguyen Minh Phuong Goal 12'
Le Cong Vinh Goal 30'
Nguyen Vu Phong Goal 70'
Report Moghrabi Goal 75'
My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Masaaki Iemoto (Japan)
14 January 2009
14:00 UTC+2
Syria  3 – 2  China PR
Al Sayed Goal 8' (pen.)24'
Al Khatib Goal 39' (pen.)
Report Qu Bo Goal 51'
Liu Jian Goal 90+4'

21 January 2009
19:35 UTC+8
China PR  6 – 1  Vietnam
Gao Lin Goal 2'20'84'
Du Wei Goal 27'
Jiang Ning Goal 37'
Hao Junmin Goal 47'
Report Nguyen Vu Phong Goal 11'
28 January 2009
17:00 UTC+2
Lebanon  0 – 2  Syria
Report J. Al Hussain Goal 37'
Al Khatib Goal 78'

14 November 2009
19:00 UTC+7
Vietnam  0 – 1  Syria
Report Rafe Goal 90+4'
My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
14 November 2009
17:00 UTC+2
Lebanon  0 – 2  China PR
Report Yu Hai Goal 44'
Qu Bo Goal 73'

18 November 2009
14:00 UTC+2
Syria  0 – 0  Vietnam
Report
22 November 2009
20:05 UTC+8
China PR  1 – 0  Lebanon
Du Wei Goal 21' Report

6 January 2010
19:30 UTC+8
China PR  0 – 0  Syria
Report
6 January 2010
14:15 UTC+2
Lebanon  1 – 1  Vietnam
El Ali Goal 20' Report Pham Thanh Luong Goal 40'

17 January 2010
19:00 UTC+7
Vietnam  1 – 2  China PR
Le Cong Vinh Goal 76' (pen.) Report Yang Xu Goal 35'
Zhang Linpeng Goal 43'
3 March 2010
15:00 UTC+2
Syria  4 – 0  Lebanon
Al Zeno Goal 4'
Al Ahga Goal 10'
J. Al Hussain Goal 47'
A. Al Hussain Goal 60'
Report

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 13
 Jordan 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
 Thailand 6 1 3 2 3 3 0 6
 Singapore 6 2 0 4 6 15 −9 6
  Iran Jordan Singapore Thailand
Iran  1–0 6–0 1–0
Jordan  1–0 2–1 0–0
Singapore  1–3 2–1 1–3
Thailand  0–0 0–0 0–1
14 January 2009
15:00 UTC+3:30
Iran  6 – 0  Singapore
Gholamnejad Goal 43'
Bagheri Goal 52'
Rezaei Goal 55'
Zare Goal 80'
Nouri Goal 82'83'
Report
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Mohamad Mansour (Lebanon)
14 January 2009
17:00 UTC+2
Jordan  0 – 0  Thailand
Report

28 January 2009
19:30 UTC+8
Singapore  2 – 1  Jordan
Casmir Goal 21'
Alam Shah Goal 63'
Report Aqel Goal 41' (pen.)
National Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 6,188
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
28 January 2009
18:30 UTC+7
Thailand  0 – 0  Iran
Report

14 November 2009
19:30 UTC+8
Singapore  1 – 3  Thailand
Fahrudin Goal 84' (pen.) Report Suksomkit Goal 12' (pen.)81'
Chaiman Goal 75'
National Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 22,183
Referee: Hiroyoshi Takayama (Japan)
14 November 2009
18:00 UTC+3:30
Iran  1 – 0  Jordan
Nekounam Goal 72' Report
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

18 November 2009
18:30 UTC+7
Thailand  0 – 1  Singapore
Report Đurić Goal 38'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)
22 November 2009
18:00 UTC+2
Jordan  1 – 0  Iran
Amer Deeb Goal 78' Report
King Abdullah Stadium, Amman
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Ali Hamad Al-Badwawi (UAE)

6 January 2010
19:30 UTC+8
Singapore  1 – 3  Iran
Alam Shah Goal 32' Report Aghili Goal 11' (pen.)
Madanchi Goal 12'
Rezaei Goal 63'
National Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 7,356
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)
6 January 2010
19:00 UTC+7
Thailand  0 – 0  Jordan
Report
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)

3 March 2010
19:30 UTC+3:30
Iran  1 – 0  Thailand
Nekounam Goal 90' Report
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)
3 March 2010
18:00 UTC+2
Jordan  2 – 1  Singapore
Al-Saify Goal 9'
Anas Goal 60'
Report Alam Shah Goal 48'

Goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References[edit]

External links[edit]